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Screenwriter John Logan updates on Bond 24; "You ain't seen nothin' yet!"

Mar. 5, 2014by: Paul Shirey

Empire recently sat down with SKYFALL screenwriter John Logan to discuss the progress of the upcoming untitled BOND 24, gleaning some interesting tidbits about the script and the direction it's headed. Logan, who has written such films as GLADIATOR, THE LAST SAMURAI, HUGO, and the upcoming Showtime series, Penny Dreadful, has got a strong sense for genre material and with SKYFALL being the most successful of all Bond films, the screenwriter was quickly snatched up for the next entry in the series, along with returning director Sam Mendes. Logan doesn't divulge intimate details of the working script, but does give us a picture of where it's at and where it's going, which should tide you over for a bit.

On the current state of the script and returning themes:

“Right now the first draft is almost done,” he told us. “I’m terrifically excited about it! I’ve been working very closely with Sam (Mendes), and it’s been joyous to pick up from our work on Skyfall and just continue on with the storytelling. The new movie continues the themes of Skyfall. Some of the characters and themes that we began to introduce in Skyfall will play out, I hope successfully, in the next movie.”

On whether or not we'll see any elements from CASINO ROYALE or QUANTUM OF SOLACE in BOND 24:

“There might be! Honestly, not being evasive, but the great thing about Bond is that I have fifty years of movies – 23 movies and all the Ian Fleming novels and short stories, all of which are fodder. And when I’m working on the new Bond I’m constantly going back to Fleming and the other movies – what are the bits and pieces, what are the resonances? One of the things we learned in Skyfall is that the audience really enjoyed those, they enjoyed when they saw the Aston Martin, they enjoyed when we had references to things they grew up with, either from Ian Fleming or from the other movies, and that’s always been a part of my thinking about Bond.”

On working with Daniel Craig on the script:

“Daniel’s very involved. It behoves no-one to write a character that the lead actor doesn’t want to play, so having worked so closely on Skyfall, I have my own sense of what I think Dan responds to, as does Sam, (and producers) Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson of course.”

On his general enthusiasm for working on Bond:

“Working on Skyfall was the most enjoyable experience I’ve ever had on a movie, ever. And I’ve done a lot of movies! And this is shaping up in much the same way, because it’s a loving, sensitive director who loves the material as much as I do, it’s producers and a studio who believe entirely in the story we’re telling and it’s leading actors who are a joy to write for. Honestly, because I’ve been working on both Skyfall and the new Bond simultaneously it’s been a really, exuberantly happy time in my life because what I’m actually writing currently brings me incredible joy.”

Lastly, when asked if BOND 24 would be as big of a film as SKYFALL, Logan slyly replied, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!” I thought SKYFALL was the sleekest and most refined of all the Bond films and I'm excited to have both Logan and Mendes back on the project. It feels like they've spent a great amount of time building Bond up with the soft reboot of CASINO ROYALE and SKYFALL finally released him from those chains. Now, with BOND 24, I'm ready to see an unhinged, veteran 007 at his peak, settled into his role as a secret agent and using that to his full advantage. Either way, I'm sure Logan is crafting something aweome. His track record alone is enough to bank on.

BOND 24 is set to start shooting this October with an eye toward release on November 6, 2015.

Source: Empire

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2:46AM on 03/06/2014
Bond movies got so pretentious.rather than a depressed Bond,i want to see a fun filled Spy action film like True lies,Golden eye,The Spy who loved me,Goldfinger.Skyfall is so overrated and the climax action sequence is a big letdown.i like John logan's writing,hope he doesn't include homoerotic tones in this film like he did in Skyfall
Bond movies got so pretentious.rather than a depressed Bond,i want to see a fun filled Spy action film like True lies,Golden eye,The Spy who loved me,Goldfinger.Skyfall is so overrated and the climax action sequence is a big letdown.i like John logan's writing,hope he doesn't include homoerotic tones in this film like he did in Skyfall
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5:58AM on 03/06/2014
Still think Goldeneye is the best Bond film made. Unfortunately it was Pierce Brosnan's only good one. Roger Moore is still my favourite. Although I thought Dalton's was a very underestimated and probably a bit a head of its time as he was supposed to be the new grittier Bond which I think couldn't be accepted at the time, only to have Daniel Craig return as the Grittier Bond almost 20 years later.
Still think Goldeneye is the best Bond film made. Unfortunately it was Pierce Brosnan's only good one. Roger Moore is still my favourite. Although I thought Dalton's was a very underestimated and probably a bit a head of its time as he was supposed to be the new grittier Bond which I think couldn't be accepted at the time, only to have Daniel Craig return as the Grittier Bond almost 20 years later.
6:54AM on 03/06/2014
Couldn't agree more with you.Roger moore is my favourite too.Daniel craig is really the Timothy dalton kind of Bond.Bond is now more like Jason Bourne and Batman.i miss the Roger moore,pierce brosnan kind of fun filled Bond
Couldn't agree more with you.Roger moore is my favourite too.Daniel craig is really the Timothy dalton kind of Bond.Bond is now more like Jason Bourne and Batman.i miss the Roger moore,pierce brosnan kind of fun filled Bond
7:48PM on 03/05/2014
Skyfall was a far better 50th anniversary present than Die Another Day was a 40th anniversary one. Glad Mendes and John Logan are back on board, and that the Craig movies now have their Moneypenny and Q in addition to a new M.
Skyfall was a far better 50th anniversary present than Die Another Day was a 40th anniversary one. Glad Mendes and John Logan are back on board, and that the Craig movies now have their Moneypenny and Q in addition to a new M.
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4:08PM on 03/05/2014
Maybe we'll get to see more Moneypenny with Bond.
Maybe we'll get to see more Moneypenny with Bond.
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2:19PM on 03/05/2014
Skyfall will be a tough act to follow, but if things go as smoothly as it seems, they should have no trouble measuring up to it.
Skyfall will be a tough act to follow, but if things go as smoothly as it seems, they should have no trouble measuring up to it.
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2:16PM on 03/05/2014
Thought Skyfall was hugely over-rated. Started off well, but just seemed to lose the 'plot' halfway through and turned into ripping off other movies.
Thought Skyfall was hugely over-rated. Started off well, but just seemed to lose the 'plot' halfway through and turned into ripping off other movies.
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2:27PM on 03/05/2014
I Agree 100%
I Agree 100%
2:51PM on 03/05/2014
Right there with ya man... Casino Royale was one of my favorite films from the past 10 years and I felt that Skyfall came nowhere near it
Right there with ya man... Casino Royale was one of my favorite films from the past 10 years and I felt that Skyfall came nowhere near it
3:57PM on 03/05/2014
Exactly. Silva's character just became stupid and once they got holed-up in the house it was too much disbelief to suspend!

I also thought Casino Royale was better
Exactly. Silva's character just became stupid and once they got holed-up in the house it was too much disbelief to suspend!

I also thought Casino Royale was better
5:25PM on 03/05/2014
Thank f*ck for that I thought I was the only one on the planet that felt like that about it. I think I had got pissed off with the whole 'he wanted us to lock him up routine'
Thank f*ck for that I thought I was the only one on the planet that felt like that about it. I think I had got pissed off with the whole 'he wanted us to lock him up routine'
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